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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

 CALSTAR 6 air ambulance pilots operating helicopters around Lake Tahoe are successfully using military-grade night vision goggles to navigate around mountain peaks and bad weather to transport patients from the South Lake Tahoe (California) area to emergency rooms in Reno.

According to the article in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the pilots have been using the night vision devices for about five years now. They report the technology has significantly improved the safety and efficiency of their nighttime operations.

“…they provided us more ability to take care of patients. That’s what it boils down to really. Because we wouldn’t have been able to do the flight tonight, possibly, without goggles,” Langevin added. “Which means that patient is delayed in his care, and he was in serious condition, and therefore he would have suffered, had we not had the ability to have these goggles.”

We concur. More and more of our business is coming from non-military organizations who are finding all kinds of applications for night vision, thermal imaging and infrared illumination systems. It’s always interesting to see something which was originally a military technology put to peaceful use in areas such as search and rescue and wildlife conservation.

Posted by asunewadmin at 6/27/2012 9:48:00 PM

 Equipped with new night vision technology, Brevard's only air ambulance can now fly closer, faster, and safer than ever before. From full-ICU capabilities to all the latest flying gadgets, see how First Flight delivers trauma patients from death's door to the hospital doorstep — saving the day, and burning the midnight oil.

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Posted by asunewadmin at 6/27/2012 9:46:00 PM

Usually reserved for animals or superheroes, night vision sure helps when you’ve got to find things in the dark, so understandably the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crew is chuffed that their helicopters have been fitted with high-tech Night Vision Goggles (NVGs).

The NVGs, which have cost around $300,000 to install, will be worn by pilots and chief crew members on search and rescue operations and other missions after dark.

Chief pilot Lynton Beggs said there were a few situations last year where the goggles could have helped speed up the rescue process.

“The goggles allow us to fly lower to the ground. Since we’ve implemented the NVGs we’ve had tasks towards Mt Warning National Park and places with high terrain, which usually are too high-risk to attend to,” Lynton said.

He also said the NVGs greatly magnify the smallest light sources, such as a mobile phone, a cigarette lighter or a small battery-operated torch, from up to five kilometres away.

“This means the crew’s ability to pinpoint lost bush walkers, for instance, has been greatly enhanced,” he said. “The goggles will improve the chances of rescue for people who are injured or lost at night and in need of urgent medical attention. It also means the helicopter will be available to help in more police search and rescue activities after dark.”

Lynton said the cost was well worth it.

“There is substantial training required by the staff and also recurrent training involved,” Lynton said of why the cost was quite high, despite the goggles themselves only costing $60,000. “The technology is a step in the right direction, we can provide a greater service to the Northern Rivers community, and ultimately it means we can save more lives, so the cost makes sense.”

Posted by asunewadmin at 6/27/2012 9:42:00 PM
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) have received Transport Canada approval for cockpit modifications on the MD900. ASU completed a cockpit modification for Yukon Territory based Horizon Helicopters. The MD900 will be used for Emergency Medical Services and Search and Rescue missions. ?We chose ASU because they came highly recommended from a pilot that knew their work and because of their experience working with Transport Canada requirements,? said Operations Manager for Horizon Helicopters Cole Hodinski. ?Night vision goggles and equipment are still new in Canada and ASU has completed a number of projects in our country. We wanted to work with someone that already had experience.?
Posted by asunewadmin at 6/6/2012 6:14:00 PM
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ASU announced that they completed a full-service order for the Pasadena Police Department. The Pasadena Police Department purchased four new night vision goggles, modified the interiors of their two Bell OH-58s and received initial training for seven pilots. "The Pasadena Police Department plays a vital role in the protection of one of Americas most notable cities," said ASU Director of Marketing Hannah Gordon. "It is critical to have the right equipment, modifications and know how to maximize the use of your goggles by understanding them. We are honored to have completed the modifications, training and sales of the new NVGs to Pasadena."
Posted by asunewadmin at 5/29/2012 3:24:00 PM
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